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Posted Monday, January 26, 2009 at 11:37 p.m. by Chris Amico in Self-Indulgence about DC, Django and journalism

Funny story: Back in October, I started building a little Django-powered web app that ultimately became Tools for News. I'm up coding one Friday night (my girlfriend was in Guatemala at the time; I'm not THAT much of a nerd) and send out this tweet:

Photo_18_normal eyeseast: The little journalists' toolkit I mentioned yesterday is coming together. A few good folks are testing it now. Going to try adding comments. Oct 11, 2008 05:37 AM GMT
A few minutes later, this direct message appears in my inbox:
NewsHour Howdy there. We're digging the toolkit for journos. Any chance you'd be interested in this opening we have? http://twurl.nl/yu0zho
After recovering from a brief state of shock, I fire off a resume with a link to my portfolio and a few other projects.

Skip ahead. Barack Obama is elected president. Thanksgiving happens.

Editors from the Online NewsHour call. We chat about open source projects and new ways to do journalism. We make fun of CNN's election night holograms. Damn, I think, this sounds like a fun place to work. They fly me to DC to meet the whole team. I continue to think this could be a very cool place to work.

Christmas happens. I build a prototype timeline application and launch Tools for News.

An editor from the Newshour calls the first week of January to offer me the job. I start Feb. 2 (one week from today). Holy crap, I'm moving to DC. My job involves Django, data and generally building cool shit.

Big lingering question: Now that Twitter has gotten me a job, am I obligated to no longer make fun of it, or to make fun of it more.


jan 26, 2009 at 11:32 p.m. // Bernard said:

Congrats! What a great read!

jan 27, 2009 at 1:44 a.m. // Dan said:

Huge congrats!!! I knew you when....

jan 27, 2009 at 2:30 a.m. // Jonathan Clarke said:

Congrats dude. Digging the new tool...

jan 27, 2009 at 6:45 a.m. // Adam S said:

More, obviously.

Damn, sounds like there's a good chance you'll start your new job before I start mine. (Still waiting on that work permit here...)

Well, you definitely deserve it! Show those PBS chumps what's up.

jan 27, 2009 at 6:13 p.m. // Digidave said:


I almost feel like I remember that Tweet too.

Regardless - I hope PBS knows that they just hired the best possible person for the job. (notice the period).

Hope to visit you in D.C. - much love!!!!

jan 28, 2009 at 11:50 a.m. // larryb said:

Dag Chris, from China to the Bay Area to DC -- and all driven a great deal via making yourself visible and approachable on-line. I'm impressed - congrats! If you wish to escape DC and visit Charlottesville, VA check in with me.

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